What cognitive biases should everyone know?
August 1, 2012 10:06 AM Subscribe
What are the five cognitive biases that everyone should know?
posted by Jonathan Livengood to education (32 answers total) 292 users marked this as a favorite
I am teaching an introductory logic class in the fall. Along with the usual formal developments, I would like to set aside five or ten minutes of lecture time each week to introduce students to important and/or interesting cognitive biases, like the fundamental attribution error
, the planning fallacy
, and so on.
But which ones? Lots
of cognitive biases have been studied, and most of them are fascinating. Help me narrow the list by telling me what you
think is the most important one, or what you think are the most important five (or ten or fifteen). One semester gives me opportunity to make about 15 such presentations, plus or minus two, so giving me more than 15 is probably not worth doing.
Even better if you can give me a short, sweet argument that the bias(es) you suggest is (are) the most important.